Tell us again about "the stakes"

More Americans think the risk of terrorist attack will increase if Republicans keep control of Congress.


Tim Grieve
November 2, 2006 6:59PM (UTC)

In television commercials and campaign appearances, the Republicans seem to take it for granted that they've still got some kind of trump card in Americans' fear of terrorism.

What if they're wrong?

In the new New York Times/CBS News poll -- the last to appear before Tuesday's election -- more respondents said that the threat of terrorism would increase if the Republicans retain control of Congress than said that the threat would increase if the Democrats take control. A majority said control of Congress won't change the terrorist threat much either way.

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Another cause for concern for the GOP: By a margin of 50-43 percent, Americans say they want to bring some or all of the U.S. troops home from Iraq now. Eighty-one percent believe Democrats will move to decrease U.S. troop levels in Iraq; only 24 percent believe the Republicans will.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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